May 20th, 2010 05:24 PM
Veteran fatally shot at MacDill Air Force Base had record involving threat
Veteran fatally shot at MacDill Air Force Base had record involving threat - St. Petersburg Times
By Jessica Vander Velde, Times Staff Writer
Posted: May 20, 2010 02:28 PM
TAMPA — The 61-year-old veteran accused of confronting an off-duty FBI agent with a knife Wednesday had threatened a public official before, according to Texas records.
Ronald J. Bullock received four years of probation for threatening aggravated assault against an official in Austin, Texas in 1994 and a year of probation for resisting arrest in the same incident, according to Texas Department of Public Safety records.
Bullock, a military veteran, was staying at a camp area on the MacDill Air Force Base on Wednesday when he was fatally shot by an FBI agent, according to police.
The FBI does not plan to identify the agent who shot Bullock.
The incident began when Bullock got into an altercation at FamCamp, the camping area at the base that can be used by anyone with a military ID card, authorities said.
Bullock sped away on a motorcycle with security officials following. He then confronted an FBI agent at the Dale Mabry Highway gate with a knife. The agent shot Bullock at least once, authorities said.
Bullock was pronounced dead before 7 p.m. Wednesday. The gate reopened about 3 a.m. Thursday.
His family said Bullock is an Army veteran who served in Vietnam. His brother, Donald Bullock, said that Ronald had struggled with drug and alcohol problems ever since he fought in Vietnam, where he was disabled by a grenade.
"I don't have any information. I only know what I've read," Donald Bullock said. "But it doesn't seem like his character. He wasn't a violent person."
An FBI shooting incident response team is arriving from Washington, D.C., today to review the case. The inquiry will determine if the shooting was consistent with the FBI's deadly force policy, said Dave Couvertier, an FBI spokesman in Tampa.
Such reviews are standard and occur whenever an FBI agent is involved in a shooting, Couvertier said. The team will work with Tampa police, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and U.S. Air Force security forces. The team may also interview witnesses, including the agent involved.
The FBI expects to complete its review within two weeks, and its Shooting Incident Review Group will determine if the shooting complied with FBI policy.
The FBI generally does not release the names of agents involved in shootings because of concern for their safety, Couvertier said.
Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report.
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May 20th, 2010 05:41 PM
Sad. It sounds like the guy had some issues.
May 20th, 2010 07:49 PM
There were a lot of guys that had problems when they got home from Nam! I wish them all the best. Sorry this one had to happen, but you can't let someone get too close with a knife in their hand!
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May 20th, 2010 09:31 PM
When you threaten someone who has a gun, and you have a knife...the outcome is usually not going to be a good outcome for the knive holder...as Mr. Bullock dicovered.
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